Bianchi Teardown: Phase 1

With my DIY bike stand completed and a couple hours of free time on my hands this morning, I donned my best grease outfit and braved the garage to begin the disassembly of the vintage bike project. I got most everything stripped off the bike and sorted into ziploc bags, with the exception of the headset, forks, cranks and bottom bracket. I decided to save those for another day, as I have a feeling they’ll take a little while, what with it being my first time assaulting a bottom bracket and headset in such a manner. Things went pretty smoothly. Really, the only difficult part was removing the original Campagnolo cable brackets from the top tube. The screws were so badly rusted that any attempt to loosen them with a screwdriver simply stripped out the flathead...

Tools. I need some.

So I’m looking at my tools and realizing I don’t have much in the way of bike tools. Looking online, there are a lot of options, from smaller “essentials” type kits, to full on retirement-fund-cashing-out master mechanic kits. What I need to know is, well, what do I need? In the short term, I need to disassemble this Bianchi. Over the long term, I’ll be doing maintenance and repairs on my own bikes (and the rest of the family bikes). So, does anyone have recommendations for repair stands and essential tools that also won’t put me into debt?

The First Test Ride / New Info

Dropped by Camas Bikes today to pick up a Presta-Schrader adapter so I could pump up the tires and take the Bianchi for a spin. While I was there, I asked Ed, the owner, if they can order Surly bikes and to my delight, he said they could! He also said I should check out the Co-Motion Nor’Wester, which sounds like a nice ride — hand built in Eugene, OR. However, I’ve had so many people give me such high ratings for the Cross Check that I kind of feel I’d be cursing myself to get any other bike. Of course, there is that small issue of where to find the money to buy a bike (as well as fixing up the Bianchi), but I’m sure it will all sort itself out… right? Anyhow, back to the first test ride. After pumping up the tires (and somehow...

1964 Bianchi Team Racing Bike: Before Pictures

Here we go, the first batch of photos. This is the condition in which I received the bike. As one can see, it needs some serious rust rescue. My first order of business is to begin stocking up on the necessary tools to strip this baby down. I need a bike repair stand and a decent toolkit to get started. Once I have those items in place, I can begin the removal of all the parts, then start in on cleaning them all up. I’m going to see how far I can get with that and if the rust damage is too extensive, I’ll have to look into a full restoration.

My new old vintage family heirloom bike

My dad recently handed down his Vintage Bianchi racing bike to me. This is a bike he’s had since before I was born. I’ve always been aware of its historical value on some level, but I had no idea just how much of a gem it actually is. When he offered to give it to me for my birthday, he had done a large amount of research, getting all Sherlock Holmes on it, to the point of tracking down the original owner, who is now 74 and is spending the Summer in Minnesota. The bike was reportedly a 1964 Bianchi Team bike, meaning it was one of many bikes built for the Bianchi racing team, but was never raced. It’s missing several of the original parts and has some serious rust issues. But, I tell you, this bike is a beauty nonetheless. My plan is to either...